You’ve probably heard the wry old saying: “Nothing clears the mind like the prospect of being hanged at dawn.” For some homeowners, you could add an equally wry modern Cumming, GA real estate version: “Nothing clears the mind like having a real estate appraiser drop by for a look-see.”
I’d like to counter that notion—with proper preparation, there’s really not much to worry over when the Cumming, GA real estate appraiser is scheduled to make an appearance. The stress level can be lowered by keeping a few simple ideas in mind:
- Appraisals aren’t showings: However, appraisers are people too and will have normal, human reactions in the same way buyers do. While experienced Cumming, GA appraisers aren’t looking for a 100% clutter-free, immaculate show-stopper of a home (they will be concentrating on physical details like square footage and structural and mechanical features), they will likely “feel” more value in a beautifully presented home than in a filthy cluttered one. Prepare your home for the appraiser in the same way you would any buyer showing (lights and all!).
- Paperwork is a plus: If they are available, dig out any floor plans or location plats you may have filed away. Also, the age of your home is one thing, but updated features can boost the end appraisal value. If you prepare a list of improvements and the years in which they were completed, it will make the appraiser’s job that much easier—and if you had a pre-listing appraisal completed on your Cumming, GA home – share that as well.
- Curb appeal is no exception: Appraisals aren’t showings, but no one—even the professional who prepares your Cumming, GA appraisal—is immune to the “first impression” effect. Condition is a factor in any appraisal, so it will be worthwhile to be sure the front lawn is mowed and plantings trimmed. If the front doorway is in need of a paint refresher, it will be effort worth making.
- Consideration helps: The appraiser’s job is part physical, so being considerate of that part of the appraisal process will be appreciated. Be sure that obstructions are cleared, that rooms are appropriately heated and cooled—and that Lassie and Garfield aren’t allowed to pester.
- New good news is good news: If there have been positive changes in the neighborhood, it can’t hurt to let the appraiser know about them. Cumming, GA may be part of a rising market, but appraisers don’t speculate on future values. Supplying some positive neighborhood developments can be persuasive.
If you are setting out on your own Cumming, GA house hunt, I hope you’ll give me a call to help focus your search. And if you’re readying to sell your own Cumming, GA property (which puts you in the soon-to-be-visited-by-the-appraiser category) the same applies. Please don’t hesitate to give me a call!
This Cumming GA Real Estate blog is hosted by Gayle Barton of BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HomeServices Georgia Properties.
I specialize in Real Estate sales in the following Forsyth County, North Fulton County and East Cobb cities: Cumming, Suwanee, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Duluth, Milton, and Roswell. Other areas are serviced by request.